Monday, October 29, 2018

"He Is Risen" Part 2

"He Is Risen"

Part 2


     The same power that raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead now resides in born again believers through the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

     "What is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 1:19-20).

    "Mighty power" dwells within every believer for the purpose of enabling a life that honors our Lord and fosters faith and faithfulness.  However, just as our Lord was raised from the dead in a dark tomb far away from sight and sound, so the risen life of Christ frequently manifests in quiet and obscure ways we will miss if not expecting His working.  No human eyes witnessed the moment when the Prince of life returned to life after lying in death for three days.  Quite often, He will similarly reveal the power of His resurrection in the small matters of each day no one initially sees, including ourselves.  Looking back, however, we later see how He worked in us and in our lives to reveal that Christ is risen, and we are "risen with Him" (Colossians 2:12).

    Our calling is to believe that such Truth is true in the face of all contrary evidence, emotion, and experience.  Nothing changes the fact of Christ's presence in our hearts, nor the potential of His power in our hands and feet.  If we do not know the fact, however, or if we forget or disbelieve the promise of the Lord's risen life revealed in us, we may miss glories of His transcendent ability to overcome our challenges.  We are sons and daughters of the resurrection and of its risen Lord Jesus.  May we realize the truth of such overcoming grace, and increasingly believe that the power of the empty tomb applies not only to 2,000 years ago just outside Jerusalem, but to this day and the "tombs" of our lives that become opportunities to trust again and again that "He is risen."

"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."
(Ephesians 3:20-21)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
(Ephesians 4:25)


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